Sports in Iowa

48% Off 3D Golf Simulator

Shellsburg

$25 $13

Groups can improve their game off the course on 3D simulator while sipping domestic beer

Up to 51% Off at Washington Golf and Country Club

Washington

$55 $27

Golfers loop 9-hole course once or twice, testing their swinging skills amid open fairways and water hazards on five holes

Up to 51% Off Round of Golf at Fox Run Golf Club

Council Bluffs

$66 $33

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18-hole, 6,200-yard semiprivate course features design features of both parkland and links-style courses

Up to 50% Off Lift Tickets at Chestnut Mountain Resort

Galena

$50 $25

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Ski or snowboard across 220 acres of snow on 19 trails, including novice and Black Diamond routes

Up to 80% Off Golf and Camping Outing

Orion

$494 $99

9-hole golf course, Olympic-sized outdoor pool, hiking trails, and volleyball courts supply daytime fun before guests retire to tents or RVs

Half Off at Kalona Golf Club

Kalona

$52 $27

Built in 1928, course was named Best Nine-Hole Course by Iowa Golf Association & features rustic bridges, rolling terrain & mature arbors

Up to 50% Off Mini Golf in Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill

$20 $11

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Mini-golf course is designed after a full-size golf course's putting greens with contoured planes, roughs, sand traps, and water hazards

Up to 62% Off Golf Outing for 2 or 4

Marcy

$144 $55

Scenic par 72 course begins with open, forgiving front 9, easing golfers into back 9 that features water hazards on nearly every hole

Up to 50% Off 18-Hole Round of Golf

Arnolds Park

$64 $32

Hilly terrain and multiple doglegs can lead to hazardous lies on 18-hole course that measures 6,632 yd. from back tees

50% Off AIDS Walk/Run Registrations

Des Moines University

$20 $10

Walk or run a 5K to benefit Primary Health Care, an AIDS care and research center, and its HIV testing and treatment service

Up to 54% Off a Batting-Cage Membership or Day Pass

Cedar Rapids

$150 $69

Baseball players can improve their power and accuracy with practice in batting cages at a premier scouting and development facility

Up to 48% Off Golf at Terrace Hills Golf Course

Clay

$48 $27

Golfers avoid water that lurks on eight holes and trees that line fairways as they complete and 18-hole, par 71 excursion

Up to 50% Off at Honey Creek Golf Club

Worth

$44 $22

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Bentgrass fairways bound over rolling hills and bend around mature trees and water hazards at a challenging 6,805 yd. course

Up to 63% Off Adult Martial-Arts Packages

Cedar Rapids

$300 $119

Students 18 and older build self-confidence and fitness in martial-arts lessons; tai chi, wing chun, wushu, and other styles

Select Local Merchants

Since 1979, Bruce Kennedy has leapt from airplanes more than 5,900 times. He opened Skydive Iowa in 1991, turning his love of thrilling free falls and bird's-eye views into a business. He and his team of USPA-licensed instructors teach visitors safety concepts and skydiving techniques before accompanying them into the air. At a height of 3,000 feet, skydivers leap for tandem or solo jumps. Jumpers drift above the earth for up to five minutes before a radio guides them toward a soft landing. Many of Skydive Iowa's instructors specialize in videography and can capture photographs or videos of skydivers for posterity.

2804 SW 9th St
Des Moines,
IA
US

It isn’t uncommon for the vastly different worlds of charity fundraising and pole dancing to collide at various local philanthropic functions throughout Iowa. That’s because staff members at Wicked Enchantment Pole Dancing & Fitness Studio continue to prove that pole fitness can benefit their community as well as raise money for organizations such as Children's Miracle Network and Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. They channel this same spirit of support during their group and private classes back at their ladies-only workout venue.

They restrict their pole-based classes to six people, fostering an intimate and supportive environment for women to master climbs, grips, and twirls. Their curriculum also hones in on the healthy aspect of the art, listing classes that target arms, abs, and cores as well as full-body boot-camp workouts. They teach several levels of pole dancing and corresponding choreography classes, building fluid routines by augmenting maneuvers with transitions and lubricating arm joints with 10W-40.

3260 Southgate Pl SW
Cedar Rapids,
Iowa
US

Mary Mayer's career in Irish dancing started when she took her first lessons in Ireland while staying with her grandmother in the early '70s. She loved it so much that when she returned to Chicago, she—as well as her brother John—began taking lessons at a local Irish-dance school, where they danced with such people as Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley. Both Mary and John eventually starting placing at regional and national championships.

In 1980, they founded the Mayer School of Irish Dancing. It began in a basement with only five students—two of who were their younger brother and sister, Paul and Julie Mayer. These two followed in their older siblings' footsteps by placing in championships and even landing roles in Road to Perdition. Paul trained actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and danced with her in the film. Julie also trained many actors and performed alongside Paul Newman and Daniel Craig.

Though John has since retired, Mary continues to teach classes six days a week in Villa Park and Galena. Paul and Julie man two of the school's additional locations, which now span four states. Their students have placed in regional and national championships. Some have even traveled to Ireland to put their skills on display at the All-Ireland Championship and see if any snakes have found their way back yet.

2828 Eastern Avenue
Davenport,
IA
US

Featuring professional staff members, an impeccably maintained course, and true-rolling greens arranged according to the position of 18 miniature meteor craters, The Ridge offers a golf experience for clubbers both skilled and woefully handicapped. A full round of evasive holes ($25 weekdays, $27 weekends) tantalizes cleek caressers and promises more excitement than a ruptured appendix. A golf-cart rental ($15) and a medium bag of range balls ($5) are included in the package, as well as a caged self-loathing that, according to The Ridge’s policies, can be unleashed upon any golfer who putts an eagle.

2595 Ridge Rd
Sioux Center,
IA
US

Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Academy's athletic facilities double as classrooms for players of all ages. A 10,000-square-foot arena houses indoor pitching mounds, technique cages, and throwing tunnels with Iron Mike and curveball pitching machines. An adjoining 2,000-square-foot performance center caters to youth and adult development programs.

Helming these facilities, experienced instructors adhere to a philosophy known as Life-Sport-Connect. As implied by its title, Life-Sport-Connect emphasizes the link between athletics and the real world. As athletes learn how to maintain a positive attitude, work as a team, and douse their coach in sports drink, they develop virtuous characteristics that affect their personal lives.

Classes, workshops, and camps primarily emphasize baseball, softball, and football. Regular baseball tournaments provide game time between local and regional teams, and a chance to show off with home-run derbies and throwing competitions.

2224 Heinz Rd
Iowa City,
IA
US

Thanks to 20 hard-working snow-making machines, skiers and snowboarders of all levels can zip down nine different runs reaching up to 2,000 feet, and also enjoy night skiing at this western-Iowa resort. Although gravity will pull patrons inexorably toward the bottom of the slopes, two chairlifts return as many as 3,600 snow surfers to the top each hour, where they can take in views of the ski area's 50 acres, test their mettle on trails such as the challenging Double Trouble Chute, or make a snow-sculpted diorama of the entire cast of Happy Days. Afterward, skiers can warm their toes in the newly renovated two-story lodge and replenish their bodies with a drink from the Mountain Cafe & Bar. Guests can also rent skis and snowboards, take lessons, or conquer the slopes on an office chair.

17026 Snowhill Lane
Honey Creek,
IA
US